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This Week in Apps: Period tracking app privacy, Snapchat’s paid subscription, calls for TikTok ban

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

TechCrunch podcasts this week: Crypto cults, 2022 term sheets and how to win Startup Battlefield

TechCrunch is more than just a site with words. We’re also building a growing stable of podcasts focused on the most critical topics relating to the startup and venture capital worlds. To help y

Forethought AI’s CEO explains the pitch deck that won Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt 2018

TechCrunch Live records each Wednesday at 3:00pm EDT / 12:00pm PDT. Forethought AI won Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt 2018. Since then, the company raised two rounds of funding and is now a

Modular closes $30 million seed round to simplify the process of developing AI systems

AI has transformative potential. But if you ask the co-founders of Modular, a startup emerging from stealth today, the software used to develop it is “monolithic,” fractured into silos pil

Walmart is acquiring Memomi, an AR startup powering virtual try-on for eyewear

Walmart is expanding its array of virtual try-on services for shoppers with today’s news that it’s planning to acquire Memomi, an AR optical tech company and current Walmart partner offeri

UK urgently needs new laws on use of biometrics, warns review

An independent review of UK legislation has concluded the country urgently needs new laws to govern the use of biometric technologies and called for the government to come forward with primary legisla

Social care SaaS maker Birdie tops up with $30M

Birdie, a U.K.-based caretech software-as-a-service maker, has closed a $30 million Series B funding round led by investment firm Sofina, with Omers Ventures and Index Ventures also participating &#82

The UK wants to boost AI development by removing data mining hurdles

The U.K. is planning to tweak an existing law to allow text and data mining “for any purpose,” in a move that’s designed to boost artificial intelligence (AI) development across the

How to use human-centered AI with Forethought and NEA

Deon Nicholas is the CEO and co-founder of Forethought, the AI company whose mission is to transform customer experiences with human-centered AI. Forethought has raised over $100 million in venture ca

Flagright offers transaction monitoring with usage-based pricing

Startups face many challenges, but one outsized one is having to navigate regulatory requirements that differ in each jurisdiction. Particularly when it comes to financial compliance, implementing sol

Heyday lands $6M to build a knowledge base from the services you already use

Ever spend much too long trying — and failing — to rediscover articles you’ve partially read? This reporter’s been there, and it seems I’m not the only one. According to

Opaque Systems secures cash to keep data private while enabling collaboration

Opaque Systems, a startup developing what it describes as “AI for confidential computing,” today announced that it closed a $22 million Series A funding round led by Walden Catalyst Partne

Tesla veterans’ Industrial Next picks up $12M to automate EV production

Elon Musk is unabashed about his obsession with manufacturing. Over the years, Tesla has gradually gained recognition in the manufacturing world through improving its production quality. Now two Tesla

Speechmatics raises $62M for its inclusive approach to speech-to-text AI

Last week I wrote about an AI startup that’s building technology that can alter, in real time, the accent of someone’s speech. But what if the AI goal instead is to make it possible for pe

Perceptron: Analyzing images in the blink of an eye and tracking the life cycle of snow

Research in the field of machine learning and AI, now a key technology in practically every industry and company, is far too voluminous for anyone to read it all. This column, Perceptron (previously 

Proptech still has fundamental problems for entrepreneurs to solve

Proptech has made our lives easier with innovations like smart homes, AirBnB, and the ability to shop for and secure a mortgage from our phones. But major gaps, and opportunities, remain.

AI Squared raises $6M to help companies integrate AI into existing applications

AI Squared integrates AI it into existing applications in a timely and straightforward manner.

The ruling against Juuling?

Hello and welcome back to Week in Review, your one-stop spot for the biggest stories from the week. Greg Kumparak is off enjoying the beginning of summer and has entrusted me to keep you updated in hi

This Week in Apps: Twitter Notes, Instagram age verification, Spotify’s Live Events

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

Amsterdam cyber startup Hadrian closes €10.5M Seed for platform that simulates hacker attacks

As companies grow they expose more of themselves online and become harder to defend in terms of cybersecurity. One report estimates that 30%-40% of a company’s IT infrastructure isn’t even known a
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